If you’re thinking about moving into assisted living residence, you may worry about having to give up some of your hobbies and activities. Now is the time to think about prioritizing your activities, so you can research different types of senior living communities and what types of activities they offer, or if you can continue your favorite hobbies on your own there. If you’re able, you’ll want to maintain your passions, so you’ll feel like yourself and stay busy when you move into your new residence.
In fact, many seniors find they have much more time to take up new hobbies and activities, now that many of their daily living tasks are being taken care of. You may even find some new interests since you’ll be able to choose from different classes and groups. If there’s an activity that you’ve always wanted to try – now is the time!
Many of today’s seniors are well beyond crossword puzzles and knitting – they’re taking up exciting new hobbies that require lots of brain power or some movement. Assisted living communities encourage residents to continue their hobbies, and today’s senior living facilities offer a wide variety of classes and groups. Many of these activities are designed to keep the aging mind sharp and focused. Studies show we can slow down the mental aging process by learning a new skill or hobby. By continuing to participate in activities you enjoy, you’ll ward off feelings of loneliness and depression.
Whether it’s painting, dance, writing or tai chi – now is the time to purse some of those interesting activities you’ve always loved – or always been interested.